What is it on the roads today?
Everyone seems to have to overtake.
I decided (as I’m tired) to take it easy today, while on my fixie on my ride into work, in London, from Chelsea to the City. As I wasn’t trying to keep up with traffic as much as possible, I vowed to try and just go with the flow. I noticed the following:
- Cars would overtake and immediately slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the car in front
- Fellow cyclists would undertake me (because I prefer to NOT hug the kerb) at lights (forcing me to overtake them two seconds later)
- Moped and motorbike riders regularly use the bike lanes to creep ahead at lights
- I won’t even mention the scum that cycle through red lights (oops! I just did!)
Most of these road users got absolutely nowhere compared to my relaxed riding today; I’d meet and / or overtake the same people over and over.
Why are we so obsessed with overtaking on the roads in the UK?